Sunday, April 26, 2015

What Happened This Day In History .... April 26


April 26
757Stephen II ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
1478Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo and kill Giuliano de'Medici.
1514Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn.
1564William Shakespeare is baptized.
1607The British establish a colony at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1865Joseph E. Johnston surrenders the Army of Tennessee to Sherman.
1915Second Lieutenant Rhodes-Moorhouse becomes the first airman to win the Victoria Cross after conducting a successful bombing raid.
1929The first non-stop flight from England to India is completed.
1931New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner, the mistake ultimately costs him the home run record.
1937The ancient Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain is bombed by German planes.
1941The first organ is played at a baseball stadium in Chicago.
1968Students seize the administration building at Ohio State University.
1983The Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1,200 for first time.
1986The world's worst nuclear disaster occurs at the Chernobyl power plant in the Soviet Union.
1994Nelson Mandela wins the presidency in South Africa's first multiracial elections.
Born on April 26
1718Esek Hopkins, first commodore of the United States Navy.
1785John James Audubon, artist and naturalist.
1812Alfred Krupp, German arms merchant.
1822Frederick Law Olmstead, landscape architect, designed New York's central park.
1875Syngman Rhee, South Korean statesman.
1893Anita Loos, novelist and screenwriter (Gentleman Prefer Blondes).
1894Rudolf Hess, Nazi leader.
1900Charles Richter, physicist and seismologist.
1914Bernard Malamud, novelist and short story writer (The Natural).

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